The Vermont Statutes Online
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§ 8. Voting
(a) Voting qualifications for the right to vote in any City election or meeting shall be the same as those required by State statutes for municipal meetings.
(b) The penalties for illegal voting at any City election shall be the same as those prescribed for illegal voting by State statutes.
(c) Checklists of voters for the City and for each of the City’s wards shall be compiled and maintained pursuant to Title 17 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated. All persons who are legal voters in City meetings shall be entitled to have their names added to the checklist for the district where they reside, at the time the checklist is compiled and no person shall vote for any City official or other item on the warning unless the person’s name is on the checklist.
(d) For any general or primary election, the City Council, or the City Clerk as its designee if so chosen by the City Council, may appoint as many additional ballot and assisting clerks as deemed necessary.
(e) At the close of the balloting at any City election, the City Clerk and assisting clerks and the City Council shall count the votes cast for all officials and report a list of the candidates for whom votes have been cast, for each office, and the number of votes the candidate has received, which shall be recorded by the City Clerk, and the candidate who has received a plurality of the votes cast for each respective office shall by the Mayor be declared elected to that office. If no candidate shall have received a plurality of all votes for the office for which he or she is candidate, the Mayor shall order a new ballot in the ward or wards as have so failed to elect and a reasonable time shall be allowed for receiving and counting votes as shall be cast at that or any subsequent ballot until all the officials are duly elected.
(f) No person, or family member of a person, whose name appears on the ballot as a candidate for any office at an election shall assist in the counting of ballots in the election. No person shall assist in the counting of ballots who is otherwise deemed by the City Clerk to have a conflict of interest due to:
(1) any association with a candidate;
(2) financial interests, as provided for in section 15 of this charter. (Amended 2009, No. M-23 (Adj. Sess.), § 9, eff. May 20, 2010.)